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RATINGS: 1170   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its big and full bodied with lots of roasted malts and balanced with heavy hops to put this imperial in a league of its own.
Previously known as Dark Horse Imperial Stout.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Temp:65 Maudite glass. Black,black. Used oil black. Little fizzy bubbles settle to a dark brown,ring. Big roasted grain aroma. Also lots of dark chocolate,with a smidge of hops,and little to no alcohol,which is a plus. Lightly fizzy texture with a very chewy malt profile. Upfront bittersweet roasty flavors,are followed by dark fruit skins,and chocolate. Finishes roasty with a good hint of hops. Little to no alcohol in the aroma or flavor,its just felt. Decent balancing of the sweet and bitter,where most are too sweet/cloying this is a bit dry.Seems like a good candidate to sit on awhile. Tasty. Big,roasty,and chewy.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (2409) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle from premier. Pours black with light tan head and no lacing. Nose is roast and sweet syrup. Notes of dark chocolate, hazelnut, espresso, dark fruit. Taste big sweet big bitter. Full oily body with lasting bitterness. So good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4439) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle at 12 Steps Down. Dark brown/black, small beige head. But it gets better....Roast grain aroma:some molases sweetness. And then the taste. Roast grains, coffee. Brown sugar. Spot on. Slick and oily.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopper8 (81) - Holland, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2017
This is a really good imperial stout. I think it is probably better from a bourbon barrel, but I was really impressed with the blend of malts and hops that create a very chocolatey and rich beer that is bold in flavor, but easy on the palate. This is an imperial I can drink, which takes away, but also adds.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vincentvega72 (537) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2017 Zwart stroperig bier met dikke mokka-kleurige schuimkraag. Aroma van (gebrande) mout, toast, espresso. Dik en vol van smaak met goeie (koffie)bittere afdronk. Noten, pure chocolade, bitter, beetje rook. Prima stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorkenstein (488) - - FEB 12, 2017
Charred roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, soy sauce, and a dry bitter hop finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (1098) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle into a snifter showing pitch black with light latte colored lacing around the edges. The nose shows a lot of roasted malts but seems to be mixed with enough bready malts to give a slightly clean grain edge. The palate is full bodied and lightly carbonated but very smooth bodied. Strong flavors of cleanly roasted malt with an equally intense black coffee edge. Bitterness is black coffee without any unpleasant toasted bitterness. Completely dry but extremely well balanced flavor in all aspects. Theres literally not a note out of place. Very well hidden ABV with barely any heat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adasko (2103) - Poznan, POLAND - FEB 11, 2017
11% abv. Huge roasted, coffee, chocolate, ash aroma, with a touch of alcohol, plums, Port wine. Its harsh and aggressive but deep and smooth in the same time. Awesome. Taste seems to be a bit more calm, super well balanced. Tons of coffee and chocolate with super pleasant note of sherry, cherry in alcohol. Very nice roasted, chocolate finish with very moderated bitterness. Smooth, velvety in the mouth. Full bodied but might be even more thick and dense. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (758) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2017
12 fluid oz bottle. Pours black with a small demerara head. On the nose LOTS of molasses, dark coffee, cocoa, dates, and a faint Tootsie Roll like note. Taste-wise, dried fruit, molasses, a light brown sugar note, with some booziness that heads into BIG dark malt notes, espresso, very light smoke, more molasses, and some very good balancing bitterness in the huge finish. This is WAY too easy drinking for the ABV, and solid in every way. I would buy this again in a second.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jamesthebrit (419) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Good all around. No gimmicks. A bit hoppy for me sort of tastes dirty but i can live with it. Good all around.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (824) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2017
Totalmente negra, espuma marrom de tima formao e boa persistncia. Aroma bastante maltado, defumado, chocolate e caf em igual quantidade, licor de chocolate, lpulo mentolado, complexa. Paladar de intenso dulor e mdio/forte amargor torrado. Corpo denso e licoroso, mdia carbonatao. Final de longa persistncia mantendo as impresses do aroma misturando muitssimo bem o defumado, maltado, achocolatado licoroso. Muito bem feita.


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